Dave Grohl does not need description. At all.
Dave Grohl does not need description. At all.
Yoda on tile…
Yoda on paper…
FanDays is right around the corner. October 8-9 2011 at the Irving Convention Center. Read more about it here.
I will have a table on Artists Alley this year, so I’ve started to work on a few new pieces for the show. Here is a preview.
X-Wing Fighter on ceramic tile. Approx 12″x24″
X-Wing on paper. 8.5″x11″
Cult Stuff is releasing a ton of cool card sets in 2011. One of them is for the War of the Worlds. Check out some previews here.
I’ll be doing a few cards for this set. Here is a quick preview. It my take on the classic movie poster from the original movie in 1953.
In case you haven’t heard, the Dallas Mavericks have won the 2011 NBA Championship. To celebrate that, a few new floorboards with the trophy.
And don’t forget about the CBLDF cards due out this summer from Cryptozic.
Read all about it here. It’s a great cause. Here are the cards I did for the set.
Stay tuned, there is more coming soon. Including War of the Worlds cards from Cult-Stuff, and tons of Star Wars stuff for Fan Days in October.
I did 18 cards for the upcoming Upper Deck trading card set. I took these in a direction that I don’t think anyone has ever gone in so far. Going outside of the box to try to create a unique piece of art that hopefully will appeal to the collector community.
Up first, a 4 piece puzzle. On this one I went for a less modern look, something not quite finished, something rough, and something you can’t find on a sketch card most of the time. So, I used vintage pages, then pulled them off creating a rough pallet. Then applied a quick layer of paint, then a bit of stencil work, then a bit more paint. To make it pop, polyurethane. These are pretty thick. I have been told that these will be randomly inserted into packs.
Up next a 6 piece Skrull puzzle. On these, it’s actual vintage pages cut out of the Avengers books. Then the SKRULL hand cut out and attached to the cardstock that was previously colored. To top it off, a Skrull linocut in purple. I have been told that these will be randomly inserted into packs.
Last but not least, the 8 card Avengers puzzle. Like the Skrull puzzle, these are actual vintage pages from actual Avengers comics from the Kree Skrull war story. The linocut is Iron Man, and I used two colors on each to give it a wilder look and effect. I have been told that these may all be inserted into one single pack.
Thanks for looking, and I hope that you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed making them. They took a while, all the hand cutting and lino cutting is time consuming. But it’s worth it in the long run I think.
The “Kree-Skrull War” is a story arc that was written by Roy Thomas, and drawn by Sal Buscema, Neal Adams, and John Buscema. The story was originally published in the Marvel Comics comic book title Avengers #89 – 97 (June 1971 – March 1972).
The “Kree-Skrull War” is notable for its cosmic scope of interstellar warfare, enormous cast of characters, use of metaphor and allegory and the introduction of the Vision-Scarlet Witch romance, which became an ongoing theme for the characters (and by default the Avengers) for years to come. The “Kree-Skrull War” is considered by critics to be a highlight of its era and is the culmination of a string of notable Thomas-Adams collaborations from this period, which began with their run on X-Men in 1969.
Upper Deck and Marvel are teaming up for a fresh take on the Kree/Skrull war from Avengers (issues 89 through 97) in the early 70’s.
Details can be found here.
I am a participating sketch card artist on this set. I am on board for 18 cards. These cards will be like nothing else you have ever seen before on a sketch card. A quick synopsis: I did three puzzles spelling AVENGERS, KREE, and KREE-SKRULL. I have early word that the Avengers puzzle may be inserted all into one pack. I’m torn on whether or not to show them off, or let them be posted by the people that pull them.
These cards will all have a combination of paint, polyurethane, ink, and vintage comic pages.
The AP’s are more of a throwback to a early era of comics, a homage so to speak. They are paint, with a linocut, more paint, then a nice coat of polyurethane to really make these pop.
20-Page Main Story
* Titled “Sacrifice”
* Features Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, and Vision in a great space epic where our heroes battle the entire Skrull Armada without a ship of their own all while racing against a deadly ticking clock!
* Begins right after Avengers #96, page 14
8-page Side Story
* Titled “The Debt”
* Features Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch battling a squadron of Skrull Soldiers in an attempt to escape from their captors on the Skrull Homeworld!
* Takes place between Avengers #96, page 12 and Avengers #97, page 5
6-page Side Story
* Titled “The Fall”
* Follows Nick Fury as he infiltrates an underground bunker loaded with traps in an attempt to rescue a kidnapped U.S. Senator that has been replaced by a Skrull!
* From Avengers #96, page 2
4-page Side Story
* Titled “Power”
* The renowned warrior known as Super-Skrull makes a desperate attempt at dethroning the Skrull Emperor permanently!
* Takes place after Avengers #94, page 16.
4-page Side Story
* Titled “Soldiers’ Honor”
* An uplifting and action-packed story taking place during the main story (“Sacrifice”) featuring Captain America who happens upon a group of Skrull soldiers trying to save some of their brothers-in-arms from imminent death. Will Captain America put himself in the face of danger to lend a hand?
Every box will, on average, deliver the entire 20-page main story and at least 1/3 of the side stories!
* Each 9-card pack will include 4 main story cards, 2-3 character cards, 1-2 side story card, and 1 cover card
Collect the Cover Art!
* Including short printed black and white and variant art cover versions!
Rare sketch cards and 1-of-1 printing plates will provide great added chase elements for collectors!
* Main Story (90 cards)
* Side Stories (99 cards)
* Checklist (1 card)
* Character Card Set
* Retro Character Card Set
* Cover Art
* Black & White Cover Variation
* Variant Cover Art
* Sketch Cards (1:432)
* Plate Cards (Rare)
24 packs per box
Some of my work is done using a style referred to as a linocut. What is a linocut?
Linocut is a printmaking technique, a variant of woodcut in which a sheet of linoleum (sometimes mounted on a wooden block) is used for the relief surface. A design is cut into the linoleum surface with a sharp knife, V-shaped chisel or gouge, with the raised (uncarved) areas representing a reversal (mirror image) of the parts to show printed. The linoleum sheet is inked with a roller (called a brayer), and then impressed onto paper or fabric. The actual printing can be done by hand or with a press.
Although linoleum as a floor covering dates to the 1860, the linocut printing technique was used first by the artists of Die Brücke in Germany between 1905-13 where it had been similarly used for wallpaper printing. They initially described their prints as woodcuts however, which sounded more respectable.
As the material being carved has no particular direction to its grain and does not tend to split, it is easier to obtain certain artistic effects with Lino than with most woods, although the resultant prints can lack the often angular grainy character of woodcuts and engravings. Lino is much easier to cut than wood; especially when heated, but the pressure of the printing process degrades the plate faster and it is difficult to create larger works due to the material’s fragility.
Linocuts can also be achieved by the careful application of Sodium hydroxide in a paste to parts of the surface of the Lino. This creates a surface similar to a soft ground etching and these Caustic-Lino plates can be printed in either a relief, intaglio or a viscosity printing manner.
Colour linocuts can be made by using a different block for each colour as in a woodcut, but, as Pablo Picasso demonstrated quite effectively, such prints can also be achieved using a single piece of linoleum in what is called the ‘reductive’ print method. Essentially, after each successive colour is imprinted onto the paper, the artist then cleans the lino plate and cuts away what will not be imprinted for the subsequently applied color.
I have used this method on a couple of sketch card sets, I may be one of the only artists employing this method for traditional sketch cards.
Here is an example of the process used for the current Captain America: The First Avenger set released by Upper Deck. On these, it was a combination of linocut, stencil, and some traditional art.
The First Avenger takes to the screen and is captured in Upper Deck’s Captain America Movie Trading Card set featuring highly collectible cards showcasing many of the memorable moments from the movie. Autographs from the cast, movie memorabilia, and some of the recognizable manufactured patches seen in the film provide a great chase for collectors to try and get a piece of the movie and its stars!
Get 2 of the following per box!
* Sketch Cards
* Movie Memorabilia Cards
* Autograph Cards
* Insignia Patch Cards
Collect actor autographs and pieces of memorabilia that came directly from costumes shown in the movie!
Chase one of a kind artist sketch cards from some of the greatest comic artists in the industry – at least 10 per case!
Get manufactured insignia patch cards featuring some of the famous uniform logos and patches prevalent in the movie!
Cast includes top actors like:
* Chris Evans (Captain America & Steve Rogers)
* Tommy Lee Jones (General Chester Phillips)
* Hugo Weaving (The Red Skull)
* Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury)
* Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter)
* And more!
Captain America Memorabilia and Autograph Cards!
* Memorabilia Cards – inserted 1:12
* Manufactured Insignia Patch Cards – inserted 1:16
* Autograph Cards – inserted 1:288
Unique Marvel Sketch Cards!
* Artist Sketch Cards – inserted 1:48
* 9 Talent of Captain America Cards
* 1 Captain America Movie Poster Card
* 13 Weapons of Choice Cards
* 12 Captain America Comic Classic Covers Cards
* 90 Regular Cards
24 packs per box, 7 cards per pack
A couple more cards for the CBLDF Liberty card set. Jim Valentinos Shadowhawk from Image. And a Beanworld character from Larry Marder which can be found here.
The latest Cryptozoic blog post about this card set can be found here. Give this set a look, there is some top notch talent on board for this set. Some real legends in the comic book industry.
13 Jun 2011
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund defends freedom and extends a helping hand to comic book retailers, creators, publishers, and readers whose first amendment rights are challenged. When comic book artist’s rights are attacked in the US or they encounter problems abroad, the CBLDF is there to make sure their voices are heard. The organization also protects our ability to own those comics because some people are always going to try to dictate what we can buy and whom we can choose to support. Absurd, isn’t it?
We here at Cryptozoic Entertainment have combined forces with the CBLDF to publish the Liberty Trading Card set to do our part as hobbyists and collectors in supporting this cause. So many creative minds have lent their hand in creating this product, and for that we are thankful. In today’s update, we want to show you Neil Gaiman’s autograph cards. He’s been an active supporter of the Fund for years. Busy with his schedule of writing an episode of Doctor Who and celebrating the 10th anniversary of American Gods with a reading tour, Neil was kind enough to donate his time and pen to the Liberty Trading Card set. So, in addition to the combo sketch and autograph cards he Tweeted two weeks ago, a pack of Liberty Trading Cards could contain Gaiman’s autograph—or something maybe a little more. Check out these beauties.